so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə-\

Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

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The trailer that came out earlier this year was also deeply unsettling, with the former heartthrob channeling the remorseless sociopath with absolutely meticulous precision. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Is Netflix's Ted Bundy Movie Coming Out? It's a Controversial Film," 29 Mar. 2019 Comer goes toe-to-toe with the more experienced Oh and brings nuance to the role—a little bit of history and humanity to what might otherwise be a straightforward sociopath. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jodie Comer of 'Killing Eve' Is One of the Most Captivating Actresses of Her Time," 4 Jan. 2019 Other plots include Bex and Rufus (snooze) and hints that Jenny may very well be a sociopath. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018 Shane will post part two of the series on September 27 and will be talking to a psychologist in hopes of finding out if Jake Paul is a sociopath based on his behaviors and videos. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shane Dawson Releases First Part of "The Mind of Jake Paul" Series and It's Insane," 26 Sep. 2018 This Edmund is a sociopath incapable of empathy, a man executing Machiavellian calculations when everybody around him is governed by impulses. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: A ‘King Lear’ in Which You Feel for All the Daughters," 12 Apr. 2018 In tough-guy plays, movies and TV shows, nattily attired men often turn out to be violent sociopaths. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Divine Horsemen,’ a Checklist of Tough-Guy Tropes," 18 Jan. 2018 But the old friends soon run into a coke-snorting pair of rich sociopaths who do. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Cheap Thrills Is the Darkest Dark Comedy on Netflix," 19 May 2018 Just as heading to the local Piggly Wiggly without a list is a sociopath move, then so too is an aimless hour of exercise. Clay Skipper, GQ, "Want to Get Back in Shape? 5 Tips to Keep You From Quitting (or Hurting Yourself)," 6 June 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sociopath

: someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior


so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce sociopath (audio) \

Medical Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual

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